“Calvinism is like Newtonian physics, while the Bible is like quantum mechanics” – Scot McKnight
The above quote is from the blog “Jesus Creed” which I’ve been following lately. It’s one of the leading blogs of the “emerging church” — an interesting movement within contemporary Christianity that’s creating a lot of controversy in the Christian Establishment. I like them. 🙂
But to the point: I love this quote! Not that I understand physics or quantum mechanics mind you, but I think I know just enough to grasp the point. Physics is about things that can be measured; cause-and-effect actions that can be repeated. Quantum mechanics is notorious for being… well, unpredictable. Not something you’d want to build a car based on (you might end up on Pluto if the thing ran at all).
Here’s an illustration of the concept I saw recently that had me rolling on the floor laughing:
That’s the Word of God all right. In our quantum box, maybe. LOL!
I’ve been reading a lot this past week about John Calvin and his teachings. Genius and lawyer that he was, he tried to write out in detail, organize and systematize the whole Christian ball of wax. It was a noble attempt but I just can’t agree with his conclusions.
This whole concept of “election” — that the only people who will be saved are the people God predestined, and that the chosen can’t refuse — I can’t buy it. I can’t imagine Jesus would ever say “no” to someone who wanted to be with Him, or prevent someone from entering the Kingdom who loved Him. “Sorry, dude, you’re not on the ‘saved’ list.” No way.
And conversely if someone really doesn’t want to know Him, Jesus would never insist. God is a gentleman, He never forces Himself on anyone. Listen to Jesus’ cry as He looks out over Jerusalem: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” This doesn’t sound like a God who is violating His peoples’ free will.
Besides, we’re talking about a relationship with a real, live Being here. How often are we surprised by something our spouse or best friend does? Just when we thought we had them figured out, they come off with something totally unexpected. How much more so our relationship with God?
Don’t get me wrong, I admire Calvin. I just have the feeling Calvin’s quantum box isn’t quite big enough.